"Displays the insight, honesty, and unself-conscious style of a great writer."
--W. H. Auden
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Written from Wilde's prison cell at Reading Gaol to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas, De Profundis
explodes the conventions of the traditional love letter and offers a scathing indictment of Douglas's behavior, a mournful elegy for Wilde's own lost greatness, and an impassioned plea for reconciliation. At once a bracingly honest account of ruinous attachment and a profound meditation on human suffering, De Profundis
is a classic of gay literature. Richard Ellmann calls De Profundis
"a love letter...One of the greatest, and the longest, ever written."
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